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In this section, you’ll be adding your API to Kong Enterprise. This is the first step to having Kong Enterprise manage your API. For purposes of this Getting Started guide, we suggest adding the Mockbin API to Kong, as Mockbin is helpful for learning how Kong Enterprise proxies your API requests.

Kong exposes a RESTful Admin API on ports :8001 and :8444 and Kong Manager on ports :8002 and :8445 for managing the configuration of your Kong instance or cluster. Kong Manager makes requests to the Admin API, and you can use either interface for configuring and managing Kong Enterprise.

1. Add Your API Using the Admin API or Kong Manager

If you’d like to use the Admin API, issue the following cURL request to add your first API (Mockbin) to Kong Enterprise:

$ curl -i -X POST \
  --url http://localhost:8001/apis/ \
  --data 'name=example-api' \
  --data '' \
  --data 'upstream_url='

Alternatively, add your first API in Kong Manager via Services & Routes:

2. Verify Your API Has Been Added

You’ll get a confirmation message in Kong Manager, or if you used cURL you should see a response similar to the following:

HTTP/1.1 201 Created
Content-Type: application/json
Connection: keep-alive

  "created_at": 1488830759000,
  "hosts": [
  "http_if_terminated": false,
  "https_only": false,
  "id": "6378122c-a0a1-438d-a5c6-efabae9fb969",
  "name": "example-api",
  "preserve_host": false,
  "retries": 5,
  "strip_uri": true,
  "upstream_connect_timeout": 60000,
  "upstream_read_timeout": 60000,
  "upstream_send_timeout": 60000,
  "upstream_url": ""

Kong is now aware of your API and ready to proxy requests.

3. Forward Requests through Kong Enterprise

Issue the following cURL request to verify that Kong is properly forwarding requests to your API. Note that by default Kong handles proxy requests on port :8000:

$ curl -i -X GET \
  --url http://localhost:8000/ \
  --header 'Host:'

A successful response means Kong is now forwarding requests made to http://localhost:8000 to the upstream_url we configured in step #1, and is forwarding the response back to us. Kong knows to do this through the header defined in the above cURL request Host:

Next Steps

Now that you’ve added your API to Kong Enterprise, let’s learn how to enable plugins.

Go to Enabling Plugins ›